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ormer President Barack Obama touched on growing divisions within his own party, warning against pushes for ideological purity that can result in a “circular firing squad” in a town hall organized by the Obama Foundation in Berlin on Saturday. While taking audience questions about the frustration that comes with lack of change, Obama expressed concern about a lack of compromise in Washington, and said he specifically worries progressive politicians could be alienating potential allies. https://youtu.be/djYaJtyd3ms “One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States — maybe it’s true here as well — is a…

What does it mean to fight white supremacy today? After centuries of trying, those of us actively committed to doing so know that grand gestures are well outnumbered by daily acts expressed in myriad ways with varying levels of visibility. This is the message of How We Fight White Supremacy, a new African American anthology by writer-activists (and former contributors to The Root) Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin, released today, March 25, by Bold Type Books. If the title sounds lofty, the intent isn’t. Less a directive than a recognition of our collective power, the anthology includes the writing, perspectives…

The struggles of being a woman were discussed on Tuesday evening at the fifth annual Social Justice & Education Conference. The She Was Warned: The Legalities of Being event was the first at this year’s Social Justice conference. It was the third year this specific event has been hosted. Seven women in the San Diego community spoke about navigating their lives and the legal issues that affected them by being who they are, a woman. Isabel Vasquez-Hunt endured sexual harassment at the hands of her boss. With the strength of other woman harassed, a lawsuit was filed and Vasquez-Hunt was…

We have written at length about the so-called “Southern Poverty Law Center,” which has nothing to do with the South, poverty, or the law. The SPLC was founded by a marketer and self-promoter, Morris Dees, who perfected the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton race-bait shakedown model for extorting money from corporations. Despite his social-justice-crusader cape, his former law partner, Millard Fuller, said of their years in business: “Morris and I shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money. We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich.” The examples of how “not particular” they were…

Hundreds of community activists, some representing over 20 local and grassroots groups from all over the North Shore, will gather on March 23rd at Salem State University’s Veterans Hall for the 2019 Activism & Social Justice Forum on the North Shore. “Activists from Salem, Lynn, Marblehead, Swampscott, Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Mansfield, Gloucester and Cape Ann will be connecting, socializing, and sharing strategies,” said Sue Kirby of Together North Shore. “Our objective is to build a stronger, more unified progressive movement on Boston’s North Shore. It’s exciting to see the burst of new energy directed towards issues related to social justice…

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? It is a question posed by the white academic Robin DiAngelo, whose book White Fragility has now spent seven months hovering at the top end of the New York Times bestseller list and has just been published in the UK. “The problem with white people,” she says, “is that they just don’t listen. In my experience, day in and day out, most white people are absolutely not receptive to finding out their impact on other people. There is a refusal to know or see, or to listen or…

Refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance by students and forcing the students to do it by teachers is turning to a crucial crises. Should a social justice filmmaker  study this matter in a fiction or documentary? The latest episode from this crises was in the news today, February 18, 2019. Let’s have a look at what happened: ” A Florida student is facing misdemeanor charges after a confrontation with a teacher that began with his refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and escalated into what officials described as disruptive behavior. The student, a sixth-grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy…

Raleigh N.C. – A new, diverse coalition of 15 local, state and national groups today launched what they called a vigorous statewide campaign to end Duke Energy’s monopoly control of North Carolina’s energy markets and public officials, saying the corporation is harming communities, gouging consumers and making climate change worse. It’s a rare citizen-led effort organized to break up the monopoly control of a U.S. corporate utility. The campaign, called Energy Justice NC: End the Duke Monopoly, promotes common sense energy policies that shift the state to a more affordable, safer and secure electric system. The coalition says those policies create local…

SAXAPAHAW — The organizer behind the third annual Freedom Talks Black History Month panel, held Sunday Feb. 10, at the Haw River Ballroom, said she was pleased with the turnout and the talk. “They brought out some issues that have been in the hearts and minds of Alamance County,” said the Rev. Tamara Kersey, pastor at Maxwell Chapel AME Church. “ICE and the issues of race, white privilege and voting.” The church and the Saxapahaw Black History Month Planning Committee hosted the talk this year, Kersey said, and brought together a panel including a political figure, Erica McAdoo, who narrowly…

Civil rights activist Ayanna Najuma has a conversational platform on social justice called What Lies Between Us. Every other week, she meets at a local bookstore with people interested in sharing their thoughts on social justice issues based on the books they’ve read. “When people have knowledge, they can take action. A lot of people said they didn’t realize their own biases until they read the book,” Najuma said of last week’s book — “How to be Less Stupid About Race,” by Crystal M. Fleming. “They started looking at their own lives about how they deal with sterotypes.” She said…

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